Mind the stampede on your way out ó New York has lost 1.6 million residents to other states in the past decade, according to a new report from the Empire Center for State Policy.......Thatís the rough equivalent of having the entire city of Philadelphia (population 1.5 million) simply disappear from the map.
In a way, this isnít news: For two decades, New York has led the nation in domestic out migration ó the percentage of residents leaving for other climes.....But the numbers arenít looking any better these days. A May survey found that 36% of New Yorkers under 30 plan to flee the state because of high taxes, the crippling cost of living and a basic lack of jobs.
With good reason: New York has the highest local levies and second-highest state taxes in the US. And property taxes are a sick joke: The 15 US counties with the highest property-tax burdens, as a percentage of home value, are all in New York.
Voting With Their Feet....By Thomas Sowell
The latest published data from the 2010 census show how people are moving from place to place within the United States. In general, people are voting with their feet against places where the liberal, welfare-state policies favored by the intelligentsia are most deeply entrenched.
When you break it down by race and ethnicity, it is all too painfully clear what is happening. Both whites and blacks are leaving California, the poster state for the liberal, welfare-state and nanny-state philosophy.
Whites are also fleeing the big northeastern liberal, welfare states like Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as the same kinds of states in the midwest, such as Michigan, Ohio and Illinois.
Although California has long been a prime destination of Asian immigrants and the homes of their descendants, the 2010 census shows a striking increase in the Asian American population of Nevada, more so than any other state. Nevada is adjacent to California but has no income tax nor the hostile climate for business that California maintains.......The movement of the black population-- especially educated young blacks-- is the most striking of all.